Commit for Life Calendar

Each year, we select a few photos and stories from the Commit for Life photo shoot to share in the Commit for Life calendar. Share your story with us and you could be invited to our next photo shoot! 

January 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

"I hope that being a Commit for Life donor and encouraging others to donate will ensure blood will always be available," James says. His blood type is AB, making him the universal donor for plasma, a blood component frequently needed to treat patients suffering from burns, shock or other trauma. As Houston is home to a world-class medical center that treats many traumas, plasma is in constant demand. "If we belong to such a proud city, we have to do everything we can to look out for our neighbors."

February 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Officers of the Galveston Police Department are proud to serve their community - whether keeping its citizens safe or helping ensure an adequate blood supply. "As law enforcement officers, we have taken an oath to protect and serve," says Sgt. A. Almendarez. "Donating blood and hosting blood drives are just another way to serve."

March 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Volunteerism is more than a way of giving back for these siblings - it's also how they honor their mother's memory. Their mother battled illness for many years, occasionally receiving blood transfusions. "We have a passion for our volunteer work with The Blood Center," Montserrat says. "We thank all the donors; without them, it might have been an earlier departure for our mom."

April 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Thomas has been the reciient of blood donors' generosity multiple times - first, as a survivor of lymphoma 15 years ago, and now as he manages an immune disorder by taking a medication made from blood products. Source plasma, a new donation type available at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, is used in the creation of medicines like those needed by Thomas. "This treatment is essential for me stay alive," Thomas says. "I can literally say you are saving my life when you donate blood."

May 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Many young adults lose their focus on community service after high school, which often provides the most convenient opportunities for students to donate blood. Mindy, however, has made it a priority to visit her Neighborhood Donor Center whenever she is eligible to give. In fact, she considers it a privilege to do so. " I Commit for Life because I have healthy blood to give," Mindy says. "Not everyone is lucky and healthy enough to give blood, so being a qualifying donor is an amazing thing."

June 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Lance takes a lot of pride in being able to help others - so much so that in addition to donating blood regularly, he has committed to support The Blood Center as a Commit for Life volunteer at area blood drives. In his role as a Thank-You Crew volunteer, he has the opportunity to provide prospective blood donors with the inspiration and education to join him in saving lives. "I want to make an impact on someone," he says. "I can wake up every day knowing that I have kept someone alive."

July 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Alyssa was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 12 but triumphed over the cancer after a year-and-a-half battle that included numerous transfusions of blood and platelets - a component often needed by cancer patients. Today, Alyssa is busy planning for her quinceanera. "Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center was a vital part of my treatments," she says. "I will forever be gracious for the Commit for Life donors who gave me that boost to continue fighting."

August 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Kevin pledged to Commit for Life after losing his father to cancer in 2001. "I did not realize how valuable blood donations were to the community until I watched my father receive transfusions every other day," he says. "I now donate on a regular basis and encourage family and friends to do so as well." As Kevin has shared his father's story and his own donation experiences over the years, he is proud to have inspired many of his colleagues to Commit for Life alongside him.

September 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Every year, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center grants scholarships to local students. Yessica was among the winners of the 2015 Commit for Life Scholarship. "No matter how you look, what job you have or how much money you make, you have that special gift that you can share with anyone," she wrote in her winning essay. High school students are some of The Blood Center's most dedicated lifesavers, accounting for 20 percent of mobile blood collections. We are proud to give back to the community in this way.

October 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Elizabeth is eternally grateful to the blood donors who helped save her father, daughter and grandson. "I just can't thank these people enough for the blessings they have given to my family and me," she says. Because she knows how important it is, Elizabeth Commits for Life by donating her O-negative blood, a type found in only 7 percent of the population and highly needed in emergencies. She hopes to be a blessing to patients as others have been to her.

November 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Five-year-old Carter was born with a rare anemia condition and requires frequent transfusions to treat and prevent further complications. He may not understand how blood donations help him, but his family is extremely grateful. After seeing the difference that regular blood transfusions have made for Carter, his father, Kendrick, has committed to regularly donate blood in his honor. "I make it a priority to Commit for Life because I want him and other children in need to live long and prosperous lives," Kendrick says.

December 2016 Commit for Life Calendar

Lucas was born with a condition that required open-heart surgery before he even celebrated his first birthday. Although it was a challenging time for his family, they were comforted in knowing there was an adequate blood supply. "Because of Commit for Life donors, we didn't have to worry that our son wouldn't receive the blood he needed," says Christina, Lucas' mother. "We were able to take home our happy baby boy who continues to smile and bring joy to everyone around him."

Blood Center News
The Blood Center helping nationwide during times of crisis

Thanks to dedicated donors who have ensured an adequate supply is available local patients, The Blood Center has been able to assist blood centers nationwide during times of crisis in 2016. Most recently, The Blood Center sent blood to Florida after the state was unable to collect during Hurricane Matthew.

New source plasma donation sites added to Blood Center roster

Source plasma is the latest blood component that The Blood Center has begun to collect in an effort to help save more lives. Source plasma is a component that is used to make therapeutic proteins, which are lifesaving medicines for patients battling more than 80 different diseases.

New weight requirements for donors between the ages of 16 to 18

As of Aug. 16, donors between the ages of 16 to 18 must be at least 122 pounds to donate. This is latest step The Blood Center is taking to help reduce the risk of donor reactions and injuries, which are more common among smaller, younger donors.

The Blood Center sends units to Dallas following shootings

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center sends blood to Dallas to help those in need following Thursday's shootings.

MILA Foundation partners with The Blood Center

The Blood Center has various partners throughout the community who help us save lives and continuously accomplish our mission. Recently, we hosted a blood drive with a new partner whose mission is as honorable as any and whose story is profound.

The Blood Center partners with the Houston Zoo

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center recently embarked on a unique partnership with the Houston Zoo that is dedicated to helping treat a deadly virus in elephants.

Regulatory Changes Affect Donor Eligibility

The FDA has revised its donor acceptability guidelines, and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will implement these changes beginning May 23, 2016.

2016 Commit for Life Scholarship Winners

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce the 2016 Commit for Life Scholarship recipients.

Blood Center to Begin Testing for Zika Virus May 23

The test is part of an Investigational New Drug Application protocol approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The cobas® Zika test is manufactured by Roche Molecular Systems.

The Blood Center holds annual brunch for volunteers

Every year, The Blood Center takes time during National Volunteer Appreciation Week to thank the volunteers who used their time to help us save lives.

Meet our Volunteers: Marsha Asplin and Jim Daurity

This month we would like to highlight the dynamic duo of Marsha Asplin and Jim Daurity. Marsha and Jim volunteered the most hours in 2015.

Annual 'Roll the Dice' event raises funds for Marrow Donor Program

The Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program successfully raised $140,000 at their 18th annual Roll the Dice for Life event. The money will go toward continued efforts of helping patients fighting blood cancers.

The Blood Center safeguarding against Zika Virus

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is taking measures to help safeguard the blood supply as the Zika Virus spreads.

Meet Our Volunteers: Humble/Kingwood Community Advocates

Volunteering as a Community Advocate at one of our 13 Neighborhood Donor Centers is one way individuals may partner with The Blood Center to save lives.

The Blood Center celebrates 27th 100-gallon donor

The Blood Center congratulates James Tullis for giving his 100th gallon of blood in November.

New Commit for Life Program

Beginning Oct. 6, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to introduce an updated Commit for Life program that will reflect the changing daily needs of patients and ensure donors are recognized for giving the most essential blood components.

August 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the August edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

July 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the July edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

June 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Hematocrit Deferral Period Extended

Having a low hematocrit level is one of the most common reasons individuals are deferred from donating blood.

May 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the May edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

2015 Commit for Life Scholarship Winners

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has selected the winners of its Commit for Life Creative Scholarship. 

Celebrating our Volunteers

On Saturday, April 18, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch recognized our hardworking and dedicated Commit for Life volunteers.

April 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

March 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the March edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

2015 Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Gold-level blood drive groups – those that host at least four drives per year – were honored at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s annual “A Celebration of Life” Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Feb. 12, 2015 at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. 

February 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the February edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Roll the Dice for Life

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Marrow Donor Program hosted its 17th annual Roll the Dice for Life fundraiser Friday, Feb. 6, at The Bell Tower on 34th.

January 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the January edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Patrick McDonald is 26th 100-Gallon Donor

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, Patrick McDonald of Deer Park became the 26th blood donor in the Texas Gulf Coast region to give 800 donations, the equivalent of 100 gallons.

December Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the December edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

November Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the November edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Workshop Prepares Students to Host Blood Drives

Last week, 180 local high school students took over the halls and conference rooms of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s headquarters for the 2014 High School Workshop.

October Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the October edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Circle of Life Bike Tour Rides into Houston

The Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour rode into Houston on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, to raise awareness of the need for more lifesaving blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donors in Texas. 

September Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the September edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

August Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the August edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Congratulations to Our Gas Card Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in July’s gas card giveaway and congratulations to our winners. Here are last month’s winners and where they donated.

July Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the July edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Congratulations to our Family Vacation Month Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in June’s Family Vacation Month giveaway and congratulations to our winners.

June Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

New License Expands Impact on Rare Donor Patients

Thanks to a recently approved FDA license, patients across the country in need of rare units of red blood cells may breathe a little sigh of relief. 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Gives Back

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center serves more than 170 hospitals and health care institutions in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast, Brazos Valley and East Texas regions. 

May Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the May edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Commit for Life Creative Scholarship Winners

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has selected the winners of its Commit for Life Creative Scholarship. 

April Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

New Rare Donor Program: One 2 One

You may have recently received a letter in the mail from us thanking you for your donation along with a new green and white donor ID card with the words “One 2 One” on it.

March Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the March edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

February Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the February edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Gold-level Groups Honored at Annual 'Celebration'

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center hosted its annual “A Celebration for Life” luncheon and awards ceremony at Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel on Feb. 28.

Six Days a Week to Help Save Lives!

Starting Feb. 17, most Houston-area Neighborhood Donor Centers will be open six days a week!

Creative Scholarship Deadline is March 1

The deadline for The Blood Center’s Commit for Life Creative Scholarship is rapidly approaching, and eligible high school seniors are encouraged to apply by March 1!

January Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the January edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Additional Donor Centers Now Open Mondays

Beginning Monday, Jan. 6, donors in the Clear LakeThe Woodlands and Westchase areas will have extra opportunities to help save lives! These Neighborhood Donor Centers will now be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meet the Executives

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s executive team spearheads the organization’s mission of partnering with the community to help save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, blood components and related service. Meet the dynamic men and women who drive The Blood Center’s continued success.

National Volunteer Week 2016

April 10 through 16 is National Volunteer Week. It is a time when organizations around the country highlight and show appreciation for the people who unselfishly donate their time to various causes for the benefit of others. 

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